Friday, October 15, 2010

厭惡民主 新鮮空氣和清水 III


"大便加毒氣,  簡直沒法呼吸"  我説.
"習慣就好了" 一個好心的婆婆安慰我.
"那有什麼味道? 你鼻子太靈了" 一個學生稱讚我的鼻子.


I found the following while doing Google search:
  1. An writeup of Taichung:


    Taichung has the highest crime rate of all the major cities of Taiwan. Kidnapping, sexual assault, prostitution, illegal gambling, organized crime and burglary are of major concerns for local inhabitants. Much of the crime is ignored by the local police authorities.

    Air Pollution

    Air pollution in Taichung is one of the most obvious problems for residents. Taichung is the third largest city and like many other Taiwanese cities, notorious for the poor air quality. Taichung is on a coastal plain surrounded by mountains, which trap pollutants. The primary cause of urban air pollution is the large number of vehicles (mostly motorbikes and scooters) used by residents. There are more than 11 million scooters in Taiwan and the per capita distribution in Taichung is much higher because of the lack of public transportation available.

    Despite the rhetoric by both the elected and appointed government the EPA has failed in its attempts to solve the motorbike problem. In July 1999 the EPA began issuing monetary rewards to residents who report cars and motorbikes that emit unusual amounts of dark exhaust but the program never made it past the pilot program. The agency also made poor use of subsidies intended to encourage the purchase of fuel efficient and low-emission vehicles. Motor vehicles are subject to air pollution control (APC) fees levied by the EPA. These fees also are applied to larger emitters like factories. The government credits the APC system with helping to reduce the number of days when the country's pollution standard index score exceeded 100 from 7% of days in 1994 to 3% of days in 2001. However the cultural norm encouraging creative accounting and the general lack of accountability in Taiwan makes official statistics highly suspect.

    Water Pollution

    Under no circumstances should untreated tap water be used for human consumption. Despite the affluence of the local inhabitants, water pollution is considered a significant threat to the health of Taichung's people as well as to the economy. Agricultural run-off, coastal aquaculture, industrial effluents, and domestic sewage are responsible for the pollution of coastal areas, surface water and ground water in Taichung. Water pollution is most severe in areas with a high concentration of industrial activity such as the Taichung industrial park and surrounding areas. Much of the fault lies with Taiwan's inadequate sewer system, which covers only 10% of the country as well as the inability of both local and regional governing authorities to enforce existing regulations.

    The government of the Republic of China on Taiwan has been reluctant to address the problem of water pollution for fear of retribution from local businesses. There has been much discussion on the matter but little to no effective measures or action has been taken. The central government has placed numerous rivers under government supervision and established river and stream water quality sampling stations as of 2001. Businesses are officially required to meet a set of standards for effluent discharge, and a water pollution control fee was due to start being collected by the end of 2003 but has yet to been fully implemented. Lack of oversight and rampant corruption have made any efforts to combat widespread pollution in Taichung ineffectual.
  2. kaminoge's LiveJournal has this to say about a Taichung's community:
    The narrow streets of Tunghai were a mad jumble of stores, signs, people, cars, scooters, odors, power lines and noise - in other words, a typical Taiwanese street scene.

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